Friday, November 17, 2017

What You Need to Know About Adding Windows to Your Garage Door

Thinking about adding windows to your garage door? Here are some things you should know.

Benefits of Adding Windows

The main benefit of adding windows is getting some natural lighting in your garage. Adding stylish windows also improves the curb appeal of your home, which increases its value.

Where Will the Windows Go?

Most often, people add windows to the top section of their garage door. This has a double benefit: It brings natural sunlight into the home, but it still maintains your privacy. If you use your garage as a workout area, or if you use your garage for any reason and you want privacy, this is the way to go.
Windows can also be added to a lower section of the door, usually to the third section. In this case, you may want to consider getting glass that makes it easy to look out but hard to look in, which will improve your privacy.

What Kind of Windows Should You Get?

There are so many different styles, shapes, and designs that you can get for your garage door windows. The most important thing is to get windows that fit in with the design and style of the rest of your home.

Give a professional a call and we'll help you find the perfect garage door with the perfect windows. They'll show you all the options until you find one that you like. They’ll also make sure that the windows are safe and that the garage door has the right weight and balance.

We encourage you to give Overhead Door Company of Lansing a call with any garage door questions or service needs you may have!

Monday, October 23, 2017

6 Tips for Preparing Your Garage Door for the Winter

Are you confident that your garage door is ready for the winter? The last thing you want is for your garage door to break down before a major blizzard. Having that said, it is very important to get a garage door tune-up before the winter sets in if it’s needed.  We encourage you to keep reading so that you know what to look out for. 

Check the Batteries:
Have the batteries checked to make sure they have their full power. If the batteries are weak or dying, you should have them replaced in order to prevent breakdowns.

Check the Weather Stripping:
Weather stripping ensures that snow will not enter your garage. It also helps to keep your home warm by keeping out the cold, which in turn reduces energy consumption and your energy bill. If you find that the weather stripping is cracked or damaged, you will want to have it fixed or replaced.

Insulate Your Door:
If your garage door is not keeping out the cold, you should have it insulated or, if necessary, consider having it replaced with a stronger and warmer garage door.

Lubricate the moving parts of your door. This will keep it running smoothly and will prevent issues from arising.

Clean out the tracks from any dirt, debris, or grease. Wash down the garage door itself on both the inside and the outside.

Get an Inspection:
A lot more goes into making sure that your garage doors are working properly; you’ll want to check the rollers, the cables, the auto-reverse function, etc. Given that, you should leave this work to the professionals. 

We encourage you to call Overhead Door Company of Lansing to schedule your garage door tune-up before the winter weather hits.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Garage Door Repair & Replacement: What to Look Out For

A sturdy garage door provides your home with security, safety and ease.  It is important to ensure that your garage door is working effectively and to know when it’s time to take the route of either repair or replacement. Below are some causes that would lead you down either one of those routes.  

Faulty Safety Sensors

A lot of garage door systems these days are equipped with photo-optic safety sensors which are used as a safety precaution in keeping the door from accidentally closing on a person or object. Basically, there is an invisible beam of light that the sensors give off that goes from corner to corner beneath your garage door. When this beam of light is interjected, it stops the opener from operating. Having that said, if this beam of light loses its’ electrical link, burns out or has an askew emitter and reflector, it can cause an untrue signal to the garage door, causing the operation of the opener to be infrequent or simply stop working altogether. If you find yourself in this situation, a garage door repair is needed.


Garage door openers for older models do not offer much security which can leave your home at risk of break-ins. Door openers these days have more cutting-edge technological features, so if you home has an older garage door model then it would be in your best interest to consider a more up-to-date door replacement.

Noisy Garage Door

Is your garage door noisy? A noisy garage door can lead to all types of problems, not to mention for those whose sleep is interrupted due to having a bedroom located either above or next to the garage. The positive news here is that a lot of noisy door problems can be straightforwardly solved by substituting a few parts and maintaining regular upkeep.

The Door is Off Track

Your garage door is able to open and close due to the way in which it runs on a metal track. In time, the opening and closing function of the garage door will result in a broken spring which will prevent your garage door from opening all of the way. Having that said, you will need to have your garage door repaired as soon as you see signs of the door being off the track so that you can save yourself some trouble down the road.  

Tired Motor

The motor is the fundamental hub of a garage door’s opener simply because the door would not be able to function without it. Warnings of a motor problem could consist of grating noises, stench of hot wires or decelerated motion of the door. It is extremely important to note that only qualified professionals should be the ones to repair this essential part of your garage door, especially since there is the chance of experiencing electric shock while doing so.  

Keep in mind that there are numerous reasons that can keep your garage door from working as it should. You should never try to fix your garage door problems on your own because not only can it be complicated, you could put yourself in serious danger.  Having that said, it is always best to take the safe approach and hire only a qualified company for your garage door repair or replacement service needs.

We encourage you to call Overhead Door Company of Lansing with any service needs or inquirers you may have.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to Protect Garage Door Springs from Damage

Averages will tell you almost nothing about how long your garage door springs will last. So, to get the longest life, it is a good idea to regularly inspect and perform maintenance on your garage door components. Doing so will limit the possibility of unnecessary damage. Below are a few steps that will ensure your garage door springs will last a long time.

It is important to keep springs lubricated since rust is the No. 1 reason why a garage door spring will fail. Consequently, basic lubrication will help prolong the life of your springs. Those being said, use only lubricants specifically designed for garage doors.

Visual inspections should be done on a regular basis so it is a good idea for homeowners to inspect for damage. Make sure the garage door opens and closes smoothly, that there are no unusual noises, and that the springs are stable.

If you ever discover anything unusual with your garage or have any questions, contact Overhead Door Company of Lansing.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Replacing a Broken Garage Door Spring

Replacing a broken garage door spring is considered dangerous for a good reason. Garage door springs are under extreme tension and the wrong mistake can suddenly release it. Consider the following points and don't trust your well-being to luck by taking this work on as a DIY project.
  • A mistake that releases a spring's tension may cause something to fly. An accident can lacerate or badly pinch hands and fingers.
  • Dismantling components before unwinding the unbroken spring; this can be a deadly mistake. Inexperience, distraction, excessive haste, or emotional distress may cause this. The springs and any hardware attached to the springs such as the cables, anchor plates, and brackets are under high tension. Dismantling any of these will suddenly release the mechanical tension and may cause severe injury.
  • An important tool is the winding bar. Casually looking around for something to insert into the spring winding cone is a sure recipe for an accident. Winding bars with worn and rounded edges at the end are dangerous and require replacement. A professional can ensure that they are using the proper tools and that those tools are in good condition.
Avoid an accident and accept that this job should be left to a garage door professional. Make the smart and safe choice by calling Overhead Door Company of Lansing inLansing MI today.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

4 Reasons You Really Need Garage Door Repair

After all our years in the business, we’d like to say we’ve seen it all in commercial and residential garage doors when it comes to repairs.  At Overhead Door Company of Lansing, we pride ourselves on the best service and parts in the business, and we’re proud to serve the greater Lansing, MI area. Here are some of the most common problems we see when a garage door suddenly won’t work.
Transmitter Suddenly Stops Working.
You come home late at night, and it’s raining (because it’s always raining when things go wrong), and when you point your transmitter at your door, nothing happens. The first thing you want to check are the batteries in your transmitter.  If you can still open the door from the transmitter inside your garage, there’s a good chance that it’s just the batteries, and we just saved you a service call. Change out the batteries using two fresh new batteries and if that doesn’t take care of the problem, give us a call.  Helpful Tip: If you have more than one transmitter, change out the batteries in all of them at the same time. If one has failed, the others aren’t far behind.
Something Blocking the Photo Eye.
The Photo Eye mechanism is what prevents your garage door from closing if something is blocking it. For those of you who remember the game when we were kids of dashing under the garage door before it closed the photo eye now prevents this. This important safety measure on all garage doors was made mandatory in 1993 and probably has saved countless lives because of it. Located on either side of your garage entrance, the eyes can sometimes get dirt, bugs or other debris in front of them and that can cause your garage door to fail to go all the way up or down. If clearing the eyes does not work, then they are most likely out of alignment, so give us a call to make sure they are calibrated correctly.

Your Track is Out of Alignment.
The metal track that your garage door runs on can move if it is bumped, or even just because of the aging and shifting of the building. Once it is out of alignment, it affects the entire mechanism including, the rollers, hinges, and springs. If your door slows down at a certain point when it is opening or closing, or makes a grinding or rubbing noise your tracks may be misaligned. Our trained repair technicians can safely realign and repair your tracks to get your door working smoothly again.

Torsion Spring Failure.
The heavy lifters in a garage door are industrial grade springs called torsion springs, and depending on the size and make of your garage door there are one or two of them. As with any repetitive movement, the springs begin to wear, and when they go, you’ll know it as it sounds like a shotgun blast. Any garage door that is more than 20 years old risks a torsion spring failure and should be replaced. When a torsion spring breaks, the cables that lift the door will snap as well and fly out and could cause serious damage to your vehicle or anyone in the garage.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How Putting off Garage Door Repair Can Backfire

Sometimes procrastination saves money. For example, putting off impulse purchases at a store for things you don't need can save money. Once the items are out of sight, they're also out of mind and the desire for them fades. The same can't be said of garage door repair. It's common for people to put off a garage door repair when the door continues to function. The usual outcome of this is that the delay ultimately causes the owner to spend more money. This can happen in a number of ways. Here are two:

A Delayed Broken Garage Door Spring Replacement Causes Further Damage

The two springs on a garage door are adjusted to balance out the weight of the door. The garage door motor supplies the remaining lifting/lowering force to open or close the door. When one spring breaks, the motor must lift about half of the door's weight. However, the motor isn't meant to do this over the long-term. This reduces the motor's service life or causes damage, which may require repair or replacement in the near future.

A more devastating scenario can play out if the second spring breaks while the first is still broken. If both springs were installed at the same time, they have the same number of usage cycles when the first spring breaks. Because the second spring has the same usage rating as the first, it's ready to break at any time. When this happens, the door may fall down in its tracks or pop out of its tracks and possibly cause severe injury or property damage.

An Improperly Closed Door Causes a Home Break-In

A door that's cocked, doesn't close all the way down, or has popped from a track requires repair ASAP. It's a home break-in waiting to happen. Break-ins aren't limited to high crime areas. Criminals often case homes in affluent neighborhoods. The more "experienced" of these people are good at spotting security weaknesses, and a poorly closed garage door is practically an invitation sign. Even if your insurance covers all of your losses, the emotional trauma, inconvenience, and increased insurance premiums make the experience an ordeal.

The saying, "never put off until tomorrow what you can do today," especially applies to garage door repair and maintenance. If you have any problems with your garage door, get it fixed promptly by contacting Overhead Door Co. of Lansing.